“Imagine a shopping cart – a vehicle that can stack – you can take the first vehicle out of a stack and off you go.”
In development for over four years at MIT, a new stackable and highly customizable concept two-person car with styling direction from starchitect Frank Gehry explores the idea of using a fold-up form to increase available parking space in urban centers, among other benefits. The electric, and thus emission free, system doesn’t use an engine; power comes from wheel robots that allow omni-directional 360 degree vehicle movement.
The creators of this city-car concept envision a scenario where stacks of these are placed at high-congestion centers like transportation hubs, where people could remove one from a line of unused vehicles and drive to their destination. General Motors has agreed to build the first prototype and a public test is likely to be conducted in Hong Kong or Singapore.
The Guardian has the whole story.
Here’s a look at some of the very early conceptual renderings. Click on the image for a larger view.